cenotaph

[ sen-uh-taf, -tahf ]
/ ˈsɛn əˌtæf, -ˌtɑf /

noun

a sepulchral monument erected in memory of a deceased person whose body is buried elsewhere.

Origin of cenotaph

1595–1605; < Latin cenotaphium < Greek kenotáphion, equivalent to kenó(s) empty + -taphion (táph(os) tomb + -ion diminutive suffix)
Related formscen·o·taph·ic [sen-uh-taf-ik] /ˌsɛn əˈtæf ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cenotaph (1 of 2)

cenotaph

/ (ˈsɛnəˌtɑːf) /

noun

a monument honouring a dead person or persons buried elsewhere
Derived Formscenotaphic, adjective

Word Origin for cenotaph

C17: from Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenotaphion, from kenos empty + taphos tomb

British Dictionary definitions for cenotaph (2 of 2)

Cenotaph

/ (ˈsɛnəˌtɑːf) /

noun

the Cenotaph the monument in Whitehall, London, honouring the dead of both World Wars: designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens: erected in 1920
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Word Origin and History for cenotaph

cenotaph


n.

c.1600, from French cénotaphe (16c.), from Latin cenotaphium, from Greek kenotaphion, from kenos "empty" (see keno-) + taphos "tomb, burial, funeral," from PIE root *dhembh- "to bury."

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